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Biology AS/A Level at Chipping Norton School

Course description

The aim of this course is to provide a detailed yet widespread knowledge of Biology. At the end of the course students will be extremely well equipped to pursue myriad related subjects and career paths. It builds on existing knowledge and allows for students interested in any aspect of Biology to develop their enthusiasm and passion for the subjects many aspects.

The course is linear, this means that students will sit all of the AS exams at the end of year 12. If students continue into year 13 they will sit an exam which covers all of the content from both the AS and the A2 specification.

Course content

Topics include:

Biological molecules, Cells, How organisms exchange substances with their environment, Genetic information, Variation, Relationships between organisms, Energy transfers in and between organisms, Organisms responses to their internal and external environment, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and The control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

EITHER at least a B in GCSE Science and Additional science OR a B in GCSE Biology  AND a minimum of a C in GCSE Maths and English  PREFERABLY a B in Chemistry (GCSE or GCSE units).


Practical investigation and application of Biology taught throughout Year 12 and Year 13.

Students taking the AS qualification will sit an examination which will consist of two papers taken at the end of Year 12.

Students taking the full course will sit an examination which will consist of three papers (including AS content) at the end of Year 13.

 For A2 candidates there is a separate, non-examinable Practical Endorsement which is assessed throughout the two years of the course. What do I need to know or be able to do before

Future opportunities

Medicine, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Biochemistry, Biology, Zoology, Physiotherapy, Ecology, Sports Sciences, Forensics, and many, many more related courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Norton School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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